Life-Sized Seward Johnson Sculptures Come to Life in Hopewell Valley

Pictured Above: There, Now You Can Grow by Seward Johnson at Hopewell Elementary School. Photo Credit: Contributed. 



Pennington, NJ – Hopewell Valley is buzzing with excitement as ten life-sized Seward Johnson sculptures have cropped up throughout Hopewell Valley, thanks to an ambitious public art project organized by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council in collaboration with the Johnson Atelier. This six-month exhibition, titled Seward Johnson: Celebrating the Everyday, pays homage to the renowned late artist, who proudly called Hopewell his home.

Strategically placed in prominent locations across Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, Pennington, and Titusville, these captivating sculptures are compelling landmarks, with one adorning each school campus within the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.

“I drive by the sculpture at Brick Farm Market with the beautiful girl that is so happy in life, it makes my day!” shared one enthusiastic Hopewell Borough resident. “It’s the best thing that ever happened in Hopewell… I really mean it!”

Now that the sculptures have been installed, the fun begins! In the upcoming months,  celebrations will include pop-up activities for each sculpture, three art exhibitions, a photo contest, two “take home’ projects, an online Explorer’s Guide, a downloadable driving map, and more. 

One of the highlights of the project is the upcoming art exhibition at Gallery 14 in Hopewell Borough, aptly named Radius 14: Celebrating Our Local Artists. This exhibition will showcase exceptional artwork by talented artists residing within a 14-mile radius of Hopewell Valley. The show will open with a reception on Thursday, August 10 from 5:30 to 7:30pm and run select days and times between August 10 and August 20, opening reception Prepare to be inspired!

The project was made possible thanks to generous contributions from the community and supplemented with a donation from Elaine J. Wold, in honor of her brother Seward Johnson. Get ready for a season of creativity and fun with Seward Johnson’s sculptures as Hopewell Valley comes alive with creativity and community spirit!

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